If I had my wish, every weekend would be filled with succulent, local seafood and jamming tunes from the area's hottest music acts. Unfortunately I can't get that every weekend, but I can get it this weekend when the St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival comes to Vinoy Park on March 3 and 4.

The seafood dishes will be plentiful at this festival. We're talking fresh grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, and scallops for starters. There will be other foods for the meat-lovers and vegetarians as well as ice-cold refreshments, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, to wash all that good food down.

As far as the "music" part of the St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival goes, two of my favorite local acts, The Black Honkeys and The Greg Billings Band, will close out the festivities on Sunday, and there will be great music all weekend. Nostaljah, Sarasota Steel Pan Band, RJ Howson, and Kettle of Fish will take the stage on Saturday while Reverend Barry & The Funk, Twinkle & Rock Soul Radio, and the aforementioned Black Honkeys and Greg Billings Band will play on Sunday.

About the St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival

Who: People who love delicious seafood and toe-tappin' live local music

What: St. Petersburg Seafood and Music Festival

Where: Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, FL

When: Saturday, March 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Why: Because you have been craving a fresh blackened grouper sandwich and a soulful set from the Black Honkeys all week.

General admission for the St. Petersburg Seafood & Music Festival is $7 at the gate or $5 in advance if you buy your tickets from EventLive. Children under the age of 12 are admitted free. VIP Tents are $130 a day and include an open bar of raw oysters, steamed snow crab, peel-and-eat shrimp, and premium drinks. Only service dogs will be allowed on the event grounds.

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